Title: Puzzle Craft
Price: Free with in-app purchases
A Double P Review: It’s rare, if completely nonexistent, that we would recommend a game where I don’t even know what the ultimate goal is. But Puzzle Craft fuses the addiction of “match 3” gameplay, upgrades, experience, loot, and resource collection into an experience that you won’t want to put down. You begin with a plot of land that is your town, there’s not much on it other than a field to farm and a mine to mine in. As you harvest that field, you get food which lets you explore the mine, the mine lets you start building houses, work sheds, and other improvements to your town. All of these actions give experience which levels you up, unlocking more improvements, tools and upgrades. Perhaps the addictive nature comes from the fact that certain resources are rare. Example, matching 10 wheat, brings a carrot on the board, matching 8 carrots brings an apple out. You have to collect 10 apples to get one apple pie. However, you are only allotted a certain amount of “matches” when farming or mining. Getting an apple pie or a diamond or a cow is hard as hell, and Puzzle Craft makes you work for it, but, like Minecraft, you’re rewarded with a feeling of accomplishment.